Microsoft has announced it will launch Windows 10 in 190 countries this summer and will include a new biometric login system called Windows Hello.
Despite not revealing an exact date for the launch, executive Terry Myerson stated that Microsoft is committed to releasing its new OS this summer in an announcement made during his keynote speech at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China.
Myerson also announced the launch of Windows 10 in a blog post on Tuesday, writing:
“We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.”
Eager to move on from what was widely considered as the unsuccessful release of Windows 8, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to users running Windows 7 and 8.1.
Windows 10 will be the first time the Microsoft OS will run across all devices from desktops to entry level smartphones and will also include new identity authentication feature called Windows Hello, which will enable users to unlock their devices using face, iris or fingerprint recognition and should offer improved security.
Windows 10 will also offer support for devices connected to the Internet of Things, with Microsoft also offering versions for all manner of different devices from ATMs to ultrasound machines, Myerson confirmed.
Myerson’s announcement regarding Windows 10, also included news about new strategic partnerships with a number of Chinese companies including Lenovo and Tencent, as well as bold plans to try and tackle software piracy in China.
Also announced was a link up with Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, which will see a number of users of the Xiaomi Mi 4 able to download and test out Windows 10 on their smartphones ahead of the official release.
Source: Windows blog
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